has announced that the iconic Windsor home ‘Boothville‘
will feature in its 2017 calendar. The 130 year old home was built in the 1880’s and housed the manager of the Queensland National Bank, and was reportedly designed by colonial architect, F.D.G Stanley.
Boothville sits on a hill at Windsor with amazing views that stretch across Brisbane’s CBD. The house was bought in 1923 by William Booth, who was the son of the founder of the Salvation Army. It was then converted into the Mothers’ Hospital of the Salvation Army, and renamed Boothville to honour William’s father. In 1994, after years of providing maternity and adoption services for single mothers, it was converted back to a private residence, even after being placed on the Heritage list two years prior. Kerry Betros, the Heritage Bank Chairman, says that Boothville has managed to keep almost all its original features within and its surrounding areas.
The main building features finely crafted timber, ornate ceilings, fireplaces and glass chandeliers, and remains a wonderful example of Victorian era Brisbane architecture. Boothville has around 29 rooms including six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a gym and a home theatre. It has had a few makeovers since it was built in 1887, including extensions to accommodate the owner’s needs or wants. Some of these include a single-storey extension with billiards room and sunroom added in around 1900, several buildings relocated on site, and a brick hospital ward added in the 1970’s.
Banner image: Nicole and Andrew Gerber, owners of Boothville
The Heritage Bank calendar features an architecturally and historically important Queensland house every year, plus a brief history of the home. Heritage aims to celebrate what it considers to be the finest examples of excellence in Queensland’s domestic architecture. Thousands of the calendars are distributed across Queensland with the money raised going to Queensland charities. This year, the estimated $30,000 will be distributed to the Campaign4Samuel
in Brisbane, the Endeavour Foundation
in the Toowoomba region, the Jake Garrett Foundation
on the Sunshine Coast, the Amputees and Families Support Group on the Gold Coast, and Heartkids Queensland